|Published:||Aug 20, 2013 10:35 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2013 11:51 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--Look out over most places across the Caloosahatchee River and you'll still see the effects of the millions of gallons of fresh water from lake "O."
"Beautiful waters that we used to have that are pretty much non-existent anymore," said owner of Bay Breeze South Boat Rentals Joey Blanchard.
Business owners we spoke with before, who make their living on the water, still say nothing is being done and have had enough.
"I actually have customers in my boat looking down at the water complaining," said Blanchard.
In the past couple weeks, Paradise Boat Rentals in the Cape says customers are literally turning away and leaving after seeing the brown coffee like water.
"They step back here, they see this water and they are like this is filthy swamp, I don't want to go out in this," said Collin Wellenreiter.
Tuesday, in a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers, Governor Rick Scott says the fresh water release has killed fish and hurt the regional economy.
Scott also blamed the Corps of not maintaining the Lake "O" structure.
Now Governor Scott wants to commit $40 million dollars to help fix the problem and asked the Corps of Engineers to pitch in $1.6 billion.
"However the Governor wants to put that, whatever makes it sound the best that's fine but it is very simple, they need to stop opening the locks," said Wellenreiter.
The Army Corps of Engineers responded to Governor Scott's letter by saying it is disappointed in Scott, but will take the time to enhance their relationship.